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‘Eco-Hauling’ Principles to Reduce Carbon Emissions and the Costs of Earthmoving: a Case Study
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Industrilized and sustainable construction.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1172-5694
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Industrilized and sustainable construction. Department of Construction Management, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9310-9093
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Industrilized and sustainable construction.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9524-4814
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Industrilized and sustainable construction.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5661-5237
2019 (English)In: Journal of Cleaner Production, ISSN 0959-6526, E-ISSN 1879-1786, Vol. 208, p. 479-489Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Mitigating emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases is critical if we are to meet the increasing threats posed by global warming. Previous studies have shown conclusively that a substantial part of all carbon dioxide emissions comes from transportation, and that Eco-Driving principles based upon strategic, tactical, and operational decisions have the potential to reduce these emissions. However, these well-established principles have been neglected within the construction industry despite the large number of transport-related activities that attend most construction projects. This paper therefore aims to increase awareness and understanding within the industry of the potential reductions of both carbon dioxide emissions and the costs of earthmoving activities that could be achieved through the use of Eco-Driving principles. A new concept labeled ‘Eco-Hauling’, which extends the Eco-Driving concept to earthmoving, is proposed. A case study of a road project has been conducted and used to demonstrate the new concept. Discrete-event simulation is used to support the data analysis as it enables modeling of the dynamic interactions between equipment and activities of multiple different construction scenarios. The presented findings show that a combination of decisions taken from the proposed Eco-Hauling concept can enable earthmoving contractors to substantially reduce carbon dioxide emissions and costs while maintaining productivity. This study has implications for the general advancement of Eco-Driving theory, as well as for project management as it sets out a viable approach for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in construction projects.

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Elsevier, 2019. Vol. 208, p. 479-489
Keywords [en]
Earthworks, Eco-Driving, Mass-Hauling, Off-Road dump truck, Discrete-Event simulation, Articulated hauler
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Construction Management
Research subject
Construction Management and Building Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-71227DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2018.10.113ISI: 000451362200045Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85056193207OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-71227DiVA, id: diva2:1256388
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Validerad;2018;Nivå 2;2018-11-07 (johcin) 

Available from: 2018-10-16 Created: 2018-10-16 Last updated: 2019-03-26Bibliographically approved
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1. Mitigating Carbon Emissions during the Planning and Execution of Transport Infrastructure Projects
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Mitigating Carbon Emissions during the Planning and Execution of Transport Infrastructure Projects
2019 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Alternative title[sv]
Metoder för att minska koldioxidutsläpp i planering och genomförande av transportinfrastrukturprojekt
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Luleå: Luleå University of Technology, 2019
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Doctoral thesis / Luleå University of Technology 1 jan 1997 → …, ISSN 1402-1544
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Infrastructure Engineering Construction Management
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Construction Engineering and Management
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urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-73324 (URN)978-91-7790-338-3 (ISBN)978-91-7790-339-0 (ISBN)
Public defence
2019-06-03, Auditorium, F231, Luleå, 10:00 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2019-03-27 Created: 2019-03-26 Last updated: 2019-05-15Bibliographically approved

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